Theatre at the End of the World

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    Robson addresses the relation between affect and politics by offering a response to two contemporary Scottish plays, Swallow, by Stef Smith (Swallow, Nick Hern Books, 2015), and Heads Up, by Kieran Hurley (Heads Up, Oberon, 2016). Both plays offer visions of personal and political catastrophe, and Robson relates them to work in recent European philosophy and political theory. In particular, Robson turns to Jean-Luc Nancy’s rethinking of Martin Heidegger’s understanding of fear, relating the creation of worlds to what Nancy calls compassion. Avoiding nihilism, Robson argues that reading Nancy’s work alongside the two plays reveals how imagining the end of the world can paradoxically allow for a negation of the present in which it is possible to find hope.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAffects in Twenty-First Century British Theatre
    Subtitle of host publicationExploring Feeling on Page and Stage
    EditorsMireia Aragay, Cristina Delgado-Garcia, Martin Middeke
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Electronic)9783030584863
    ISBN (Print)9783030584856
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2021


    • theatre
    • affect
    • contemporary


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